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Tiffany & Co 1960s Diamond Platinum Ballerina Ring
Located in New York, NY
Masterfully handcrafted in platinum this 1960s ballerina ring by Tiffany & Co is set with perfectly matched gem quality diamonds. From the center round brilliant cut diamond weighing...
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1960s Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Deborah Murdoch 18 Karat Yellow Gold Oval 3.00 Carat Diamond Cocktail Ring
Located in Scotland, GB
18 Karat Yellow Gold Ring by Deborah Murdoch is from the Abundance Collection featuring an oval 3.00ct Diamond Stone. The ring band is slightly planished giving that textural feel an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Gia Certified 2.50 Carat (2 Ct Main Stone) Internally Flawless Diamond Ring
Located in Rome, IT
Beautiful ring in solid 18kt white gold, its 2 carat main stone is graded G color and internally flawless in clarity. Stones with this type of qualification by GIA are very white an...
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2010s Modern Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Yves Klein Ring Yellow Gold Electric Blue Natural Boulder Opal Australian Stone
Located in Berlin, DE
14K yellow gold ring with natural Boulder Opal opal origin - Australia size of the ring - 7.75 US - 57 EU (we can resize) opal weight - 9.26 carats stone measurements - 0.12 х 0...
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2010s Artisan Engagement Rings

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Opal, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

GIA Certified 1.07 Carat I/SI2 Old European Cut Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
The "Fiore" platinum ring is set with a 1.07-carat Old European cut diamond, GIA #1176475538, in a scalloped halo of diamonds, 76 round diamonds 1.72-carat total weight. Shimmering b...
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2010s Contemporary Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

I Flawless D Color Exceptional GIA Certified 2.70 Carat Emerald Cut Diamond Ring
Located in Rome, IT
Exquisite Antinori Fine Jewels engagement ring crafted in platinum, featuring an exceptional GIA certified long emerald cut diamond weighing 2.70 carats, D color, Internally Flawless...
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2010s Modern Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Emerald, Platinum

Vivid Diamonds GIA Certified 2.03 Carat Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring
Located in Miami, FL
Exquisite Vivid Diamonds solitaire engagement ring crafted in platinum, showcasing a stunning GIA certified round brilliant cut diamond weighing 2.03 carats, L color, VS2 clarity in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Victorian Antique Emerald Diamond Cluster Engagement Ring
Located in Banbury, GB
Dandelion Antiques Code AT-0853 Brand Unsigned Date Circa 1850 __________________________________ Metal ...
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19th Century Victorian Antique Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold

GIA Certified 7 Carat Asscher Cut Trapezoid Diamond Engagement Ring VVS2
Located in Rome, IT
Breathtaking GIA certified diamond ring ready for the big proposal or just a very special upgrade This ring contains an impressive 7.01 carat asscher cut very pure diamond being an...
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2010s Modern Engagement Rings

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Diamond

1950's J.E. Caldwell 1.81 Carats Diamond Platinum Three Stone Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Three stone ring centers a round brilliant cut diamond weighing 1.61 carats - F color and VS clarity Basket set and flanked by cathedral style shoulders - bar set with tapered bague...
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1950s Retro Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

GIA Fancy Light Yellow Cushion 4.20 Carat Diamond Platinum Ring SI2 Clarity
Located in Rome, IT
An exquisite fancy light yellow cushion diamond that weights 4.20 carats the side diamonds are very pure and white the ring is mounted in solid platinum and 18 carats yellow gold
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2010s Modern Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Diamond, Platinum

Art Deco French Old European Cut Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
Beautifully designed in a geometrical pattern and masterfully handcrafted this French Art Deco ring from ca 1935 features one bright white Old European Cut diamond measured to weigh ...
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1930s Art Deco Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

3.16 Carat Tourmaline Pink Sapphire Diamond 14 Karat Yellow Gold Ring
Located in San Dimas, CA
This ring has a round blush pink checkered cut tourmaline that weighs 2.08 carats and 14 pink sapphires that weigh 0.74 carats. There are also 26 round cut diamonds that weigh 0.34 c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Pink Sapphire, Diamond, Tourmaline, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Three-Stone Ruby and Diamond Ring in 14k Yellow Gold in 14k Gold
Located in New York, NY
Three stone ruby and diamond ring handcrafted in 14k yellow gold. The details are as follows : oval ruby weight : 2.63 carat diamond weight : 0.56 carat Metal : 14k yellow gold ...
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2010s Contemporary Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rubellite Cabochon Engagement Ring in 18K Yellow Gold
Located in New York, NY
Rubellite cabochon Engagement Ring In 18K Yellow Gold. The details are as follows : Rubellite cabochon weight : 6.73 carat Metal : 18k Yellow Gold Ring size : 6 3/4
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2010s Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Rubelite, Yellow Gold

Exceptional GIA Certified 7 Carat Emerald Cut Diamond Ring
Located in Rome, IT
EXCEPTIONAL GIA Certified 7 Carat K Color Internally Flawless Clarity Emerald Cut Diamond Ring The side diamonds are approximately 0.75 carats in total
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2010s Modern Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Emerald, Platinum

Unheated Pink Purple Sapphire Ring 3.58 Carat Round No Heat
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Unheated 3.58 carat Pinkish Purple Sapphire round, 18K white gold ring, surrounded by round brilliant diamonds weighing a total of 1.22 carats. Ring size 6.5. Resizing is complementa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Spinel, Beryl, Tanzanite, Chrysoberyl, Topaz, Citrine, Tourmaline, Diamo...

Platinum No Heat Magok Burma Ruby Diamond Platinum Cocktail Ring GIA Certificate
Located in New York, NY
GIA certified Country of Origin Myanmar, one of a kind cocktail ring The no-heat ruby was mined in the is Magok mines Burma ruby weighing 1.95 carats Two emerald cut diamonds weigh...
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2010s Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Ruby, Platinum

Oval Paraiba Tourmaline Diamond Accent Modern Engagement Ring 18 Karat Gold
Located in GREAT NECK, NY
18K White Gold 1 Oval Paraiba Tourmaline at 1.34 Carat 34 Brilliant Round White Diamonds at 0.33 Carats - Color: H-I /Clarity: SI Alberto offers complimentary sizing on all rings. ...
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2010s Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Tourmaline, Paraiba, White Gold, 18k Gold

Retro Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
Uniquely designed and masterfully handcrafted this bold Retro ring from ca 1945 is set with bright white and lively round and baguette cut diamonds. The bow-like design which has a r...
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1940s Retro Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Oval Pink Sapphire and Diamond Rose Gold Cocktail Ring Weighing 1.75 Carat
Located in New York, NY
Eighteen karats rose gold cocktail ring Ceylon oval shape pink sapphire weighing 1.10 carat Diamonds weighing 0.65 carat Ring size 6.25 In Stock The pink sapphire hue tone color i...
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2010s Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Pink Sapphire, Gold, Rose Gold, 18k Gold

GIA Fancy Light Yellow 4.15-Ct Oval Diamond Ring
Located in San Francisco, CA
Beautiful platinum engagement ring in the Princess Di style! The 4.15-carat oval-cut fancy light yellow/SI1 diamond is set in 18k gold, and surrounded by 22 round brilliant-cut diamo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Yellow Diamond, Platinum

Certified 1.75 Carat Old Mined Cushion Cut Diamond Ring VS Clarity H Color
Located in Rome, IT
Absolutey breathtaking old mine cut certified diamond has excellent VS2 clarity, beautiful white color, dazzling sparkle, and vivid fire! Cut by hand during the Victorian era of the ...
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2010s Art Deco Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold

Tacori Platinum Diamond Wedding Set
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Designer: Tacori Material: Platinum Center Diamond: 1 round brilliant cut = 2.09ct Color: I Clarity: SI1 GIA: 1205311937 Diamonds: 60 princess cut = 3.00cttw Color: H/I Clarity: SI1 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

3.76 Carat Tourmaline Garnet Sapphire Diamond 14 Karat White Gold Ring
Located in San Dimas, CA
This ring has an Oval-Checkered Cut Purple Tourmaline that weighs 2.50 carats. There are 4 Purple Garnets and 2 White Sapphires that weigh 1.26 carats. The total carat weight of the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Garnet, Sapphire, Diamond, Tourmaline, White Gold, 14k Gold

Edwardian 2.41 Carats Diamond Platinum Pinecone Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering an old European cut diamond weighing 2.41 carats - K color with SI clarity Set in a pierced mounting with highly rendered foliate details Depicting fir tree branches and ...
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

Burma Ruby Ring 2.34 Carat Oval
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Very desirable 2.34 carat oval Burmese Ruby three-stone platinum ring, flanked by a pair of trillion diamonds weighing a total of 0.34 carats. Ring size 6.5. Resizing is complementa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Pink Diamond, Ruby, Green Beryl, Black Diamond, Hessonite, Brown Diamond...

Vivid Diamonds GIA Certified 4.66 Carat Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Miami, FL
Exquisite Vivid Diamonds engagement Ring crafted in 18 karat white gold showcasing a sensational GIA certified cushion cut diamond weighing 4.66 carats, K color, VS2 clarity adorned ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

1.52 Carat GIA Cushion Diamond and 1.25 Carat Trapezoid Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Hamilton, AU
Crafted in 18 carat white gold is this breathtaking diamond engagement ring featuring a wondrous 1.52 Carat GIA certified cushion cut diamond flanked with bright white trapezoid diam...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Gold, 18k Gold

4.03 Carat Yellow Marquise Natural Diamond Gold Ring Estate Fine Jewelry
Located in Montreal, QC
Beautiful Yellow Marquise Natural Diamond and side Diamonds Cocktail Ring, centering a securely nestled Yellow Marquise Natural Diamond weighing approx. 4.03 Carats, surrounded by Di...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Gold

Fire Opal Gold Ring Red Gemstone 18K Yellow Gold Modern Engagement Jewelry
Located in Berlin, DE
18K yellow gold ring with natural Mexican Fire Opal opal origin - Mexico weight of the stone - 1.67 carats stone measurements - 0.39 х 0.43 in / 10 х 11 mm weight of the ring - 3...
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2010s Artisan Engagement Rings

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Opal, Fire Opal, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Flawless GIA Certified 6.02 Carat Emerald Cut Tapered Baguettes Diamond Ring
Located in Rome, IT
An exquisite emerald cut diamond ring with perfect proportions FLAWLESS clarity and D color with excellent polish and excellent symmetry. This ring has been handmade in Italy and is...
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2010s Modern Engagement Rings

Materials

Agate, Diamond, White Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold

4.0 Carat Tanzanite and White Diamond Ring in 18 Karat White Gold
Located in Hong Kong, Kowloon
This collection features a selection of the most tantalizing Tanzanites. This enchanting East African gemstone can only be procured from one mine in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Tanzanite, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

.22 Ct Yellow Diamond in Recycled 18K Gold Alternative Engagement Bridal Ring
Located in New York, NY
.22Ct yellow diamond set in recycled 18K gold in this alternative engagement bridal ring. Sputnik, Simplicity series contemporary design by AB Jewelry NYC. An Alternative Engagement ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Yellow Diamond, Brown Diamond, Gold, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

2.05 Carat Six Prong Solitaire Engagement Diamond Ring
Located in New York, NY
This Classic 2.05 Carat Diamond ring will express your love story and grace the hand that wears it. Our Round Cut diamond is mounted on 14K white gold and set on 6 prongs that shows ...
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2010s Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold

Deborah Murdoch 18 Karat Yellow Gold Oval 1.20 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Scotland, GB
18 Karat Yellow Gold Ring by Deborah Murdoch is from the Abundance Collection featuring an oval 1.20ct Diamond Stone. The ring band is slightly planished giving that textural feel an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Belle Epoque French Old European Cut Diamond Toi Et Moi Ring
Located in New York, NY
Beautifully designed and masterfully handcrafted this Belle Epoque ring from ca 1890 features 2 Old European Cut diamonds measured to weigh a total of approximately 1.70 carats. Our ...
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1890s Belle Époque Antique Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Platinum

Retro Old Cut Diamond Halo Cluster Engagement Ring Set in Platinum
Located in London, GB
An elegant old European cut diamond cluster engagement ring set in platinum. The ring is predominantly set with a beautiful old European cut diamond which is mille-grain set to cen...
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2010s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

2.5 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring, Three Stone Ring, Platinum
Located in Austin, TX
This 2.50 carat marquise diamond is stunning in this three stone ring! The baguette diamonds are great accents to this gorgeous marquise diamond. The low profile of this ring is gre...
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1980s Retro Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

2.61ct Pear Shape Diamond Solitaire with Diamond Shoulders 18 Karat White Gold
Located in East Grinstead, GB
2.61ct Pear Shape Diamond Solitaire With Diamond Shoulders 18 Karat White Gold Stunning certificated pear shape solitaire ring. The stunning pear shape is set in three claws and acc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

18 Karat Yellow Gold Engagement Ring with 11.59 Carat Neon Paraiba Tourmaline
Located in Berlin, DE
This engagement ring is in 18 karat yellow gold with huge 11.59 Carats neon copper bearing Paraiba tourmaline (12.8x11.3 mm). The gem is already pretty big, therefore it catches eye...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Beryl, Tourmaline, Paraiba, Gold, 14k Gold, 18k Gold, Rose Gold, Yellow ...

Art Deco 2.45 Carat Diamond Plaque Filigree Ring
Located in Napoli, Italy
An exquisite example of Art Deco jewel, this ring is hand-crafted in 18k white gold, authentic from 1920/1930, featuring in the center a perfect couple of sparkling Old mine-cut Diam...
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Mid-20th Century Art Deco Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold

Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Open Engagement Mixed Cuff Minimalist Ring
Located in Hong Kong, HK
Round brilliant cut diamonds create an alluring pattern across the top of this elegant and distinctive ring. Product Specifications: - 1 Round Brilliant Cut High Quality Diamond (F/...
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2010s Modernist Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Colombian Emerald Ring 1.75 Carat Emerald Cut
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Very lively medium green 1.75 carat Colombia Emerald ring in 18K white gold, flanked by a pair of emerald cut diamonds and surrounded by round brilliant diamonds weighing a total of ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Blue Zircon, Blue Sapphire, Pink Sapphire, Yellow Sapphire, Green Sapphi...

Belle Époque 1.63 Carat Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Miami, FL
Beautiful Belle Époque engagement ring finely crafted in platinum, showcasing a gorgeous Old European Cut Diamond weighing approximately 1.63 carats, I color, SI clarity adorned with...
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1910s Belle Époque Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond

Brown Tourmaline Pear in Classic Platinum 3-Stone Ring with Diamond Baguettes
Located in Sherman Oaks, CA
This is one of many engagement ring settings we've accumulated over the years. We think these three-stone rings look great with colored gems in the middle, and there's no reason to ...
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Mid-20th Century Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Tourmaline, Platinum

Elegant 4.04 Carat Sapphire and Diamond Ballerina Design White Gold Ring
Located in Tustin, CA
Timeless and elegant cocktail or engagement ring features a round cut vivid dark blue faceted sapphire, prong-set in the center. Surrounding the sapphire is a sparkling halo of invis...
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20th Century Art Deco Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Sapphire, 14k Gold, White Gold

I Flawless GIA Certified 4,50 Carat Emerald Cut Diamond Ring
Located in Rome, IT
This one-of-a-kind piece features a 4.51 carat perfect proportion diamond with G color and Internally Flawless clarity. This incredible diamond is mounted in a custom tapered baguett...
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2010s Modern Engagement Rings

Materials

White Diamond, Emerald, Diamond

Oval Natural Paraiba Tourmaline Round White Diamond Cocktail Ring 14K Rose Gold
Located in GREAT NECK, NY
Material: 14k Rose Gold Center Stone Details: 1.85 Carat Oval Shaped Paraiba Tourmaline -Measuring 8.8 x 6.9 mm Diamond Details: 55 Brilliant Round White Diamonds at Approximately ...
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2010s Contemporary Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, 14k Gold, Rose Gold

Art Deco Platinum 1.26 Ct GIA Certified Diamond and Emerald Vintage Ring
Located in Addison, TX
This beautiful are deco piece is fit for royalty. From the filigree on the shanks to the center 1.26 Ct diamond this ring is a work of art. Every detail works perfectly together to m...
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1920s Art Deco Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Emerald, Platinum

18 Karat Emerald Cut Diamond and Sapphire & Diamond Art Deco Cluster Ring
Located in East Grinstead, GB
18 Karat Emerald Cut Diamond and Sapphire & Diamond Art Deco Cluster Ring A truly stunning example of an art deco ring. Central emerald cut diamond, encased in a fine mill-grain set...
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1920s Art Deco Vintage Engagement Rings

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Sapphire, Diamond, White Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

HYT GIA Certified Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond and White Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Hong Kong, HK
This delicate ring features a lustrous Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond at the forefront of its design. The spectacular hues of the Yellow Diamond are perfectly accentuated by the Platin...
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2010s Contemporary Engagement Rings

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White Diamond, Yellow Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum

Blue Sapphire and Diamonds White Gold 18 Karat Ring
Located in Vannes, FR
Blue Sapphire and Diamonds White Gold 18 K Ring Blue Sapphire Stone of Center 1.07 k White Diamonds 0.19 k French Size : 53 1/2 US Sise :6 3/4 British Size : N Weight of gold : 2.9...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold

1.10 Carat Blue Sapphire Square Cabochon and Diamond White Gold Cocktail Ring
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This pretty cocktail ring features an unusual center stone: a blue sapphire square cabochon! The sapphire has been bezel set in 18 white gold to highlight the gem's beautiful outline...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artisan Engagement Rings

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White Diamond, Diamond, Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold, Gold, White Gold

GIA Certified 4 Carat Emerald Cut Platinum Ring VVS2 Clarity F Color
Located in Rome, IT
Antinori Fine Jewels is proud to offer this important and impressive 4 carat GIA certified Internally Flawless E Color Emerald cut diamond ring. The ring consists of one emerald cut ...
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2010s Modern Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Emerald, Platinum

Green Sapphire Ring 2.80 Carat Oval
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Unique 2.80 carat Green Sapphire oval, unveiled in a 0.63 carat diamond ring in 18K white gold. Ring size 6.5. Resizing is complementary upon request. Crafted by extremely skilled ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Blue Topaz, Yellow Diamond, Chrome Tourmaline, Pink Diamond, Green Beryl...

Antique Art Deco .900 Platinum 1.10ct European Diamond Engraved Engagement Ring
Located in Montclair, NJ
This breathtaking antique engagement or dinner ring was crafted in solid platinum during the art deco period. The ring features an approximately 1.10 carat, old European cut, diamond...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Retro Certified 8 Carats Non heated Ceylon Sapphire Diamonds Platinum 18 Carats
Located in Paris, FR
Exceptional white gold and platinum ring set with an oval Ceylon sapphire and 6 brilliant cut diamonds. Dimensions of the sapphire : 13.5 x 11.40 x 6.58 mm, (0.525 x 0.449 x 0.259 i...
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1950s Retro Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

Antique, New and Vintage Engagement Rings

Shopping for the right antique, new or vintage engagement ring can prove daunting.

Whether you’re looking for that perfect Art Deco engagement ring, an antique Edwardian period engagement ring or a fashionable contemporary alternative, it’s important to choose a style that speaks to you.

Rings have long been signifiers of marriage and committed relationships. The modern diamond engagement ring can be traced back to 1477, when Archduke Maximilian of Austria commissioned an expensive diamond ring for his betrothed. Diamond rings subsequently became extremely popular among the European aristocracy. Later, during the Victorian era, the popularity of diamond engagement rings had filtered down to the middle class, owing to the increasing accessibility — and affordability — of gold and diamonds. 

Victorian-era engagement rings were simple, frequently set in rose or yellow gold. The diamonds were five-set in a band or solitaire. In 1886, Tiffany debuted its innovative six-prong diamond solitaire engagement ring, while Cartier’s Solitaire 1895 engagement ring resembled delicate lace. Victorian-era engagement rings also saw other gemstones accompanying diamonds — small seed pearls and moonstones were popular. Other sentimental and romantic motifs such as hearts and stars took hold as well.

Edwardian and, afterward, Art Deco engagement rings that followed in the wake of Queen Victoria’s death in 1901 would be characterized by complex, geometric designs and platinum settings. Owing to the Art Nouveau movement, nature was a major theme for Edwardian jewelry, while the diamond ring designs of the Art Deco period were inspired by Cubism as well as ancient Egypt. Art Deco engagement rings are bold and colorful and feature gems cut in nontraditional ways. 

Engagement rings designed after World War II were intended to be simpler and focused on the beauty of the diamond. In 1947, De Beers Consolidated Mines, with the support of Philadelphia agency N.W. Ayer & Son, introduced the slogan “A diamond is forever” in a marketing campaign that emphasized a connection between diamonds and romance. Diamond sales skyrocketed, and diamond engagement rings became intertwined with the post–World War II marriage boom — which coincided with the ascension of specific diamond cuts. The round brilliant cut, which consists of an astounding 58 facets, continues to be the most popular cut to this day. Jewelers such as Harry Winston had already gained a reputation for his talents by the time the De Beers campaign debuted, and he is said to have favored emerald-cut diamonds

For everything from understanding the 4Cs to choosing between antique, vintage, contemporary and custom styles, get expert tips to help you find just the right ring — see our engagement ring buying guide.

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